Winemaker – Tiana Sawyer

Tiana Sawyer stepped into our Head Winemaker role in spring 2018 after working the last several vintages with founding winemaker Anthony Austin, who continues to serve as our Winemaker Emeritus.

During her time spent at Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Tiana has developed a great passion for producing cold-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is eager to continue her winemaking journey with us. She holds a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis.

Anthony Austin

Born and raised in Healdsburg, California, this fourth generation Sonoma County native, studied enology at the University of California Davis and continued his studies under the legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. Serving as a consultant to Brooks Firestone on a project in the Santa Ynez Valley, Tchelistcheff suggested the talented young Austin as the winemaker for Firestone’s new winery. In 1974, Anthony became the first winemaker at Firestone Vineyards in Santa Barbara. During the ensuing 10 years as winemaker he elevated Firestone Vineyards and Santa Barbara region to new heights.

Longing to focus his talents on Pinot Noir, while still continuing serve as a consultant to Firestone, Anthony started his own winery, Austin Cellars, which won international acclaim for its wines and remain highly sought-after collectibles. In 2001 Anthony was drawn back to Sonoma County and the cold-climate challenges of the Sonoma Coast. Shortly after his return, Anthony met John and Barbara Drady and joined their efforts in launching the SCV project. Anthony served as Head Winemaker through spring of 2018 when he stepped into his honorary role as Winemaker Emeritus

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